These criticisms are partly justified. Tiger bone, rhinoceros horn, and bear vesicle are examples of products that have relevance within traditional medicine and were used in the past. At present, these materials are still traded on the black market.

According to this view, precise observations of nature allow conclusions to be drawn about the processes that take place in the human organism. The human being is, in itself, a microcosm that is part of the macrocosm. Only a healthy and intact environment can provide well-being and health to the human being.


For Ecological-Society, this holistic understanding of man and nature, of disease and health, also involves the observance of ethical and environmental principles.

We strive to give priority to environmental impact, sustainability and ethics, and we choose our product range on the basis of these, even if this means not being able to offer a product temporarily or permanently.

The therapeutic importance of a product must under no circumstances justify the overexploitation of nature and the lack of ethics. In any case, we are committed to advising our customers on how the missing product can be replaced and to providing the most effective replacement.


More than 160 countries have joined and support the agreement. Ecological-Society aims to ensure that the buying and selling of certain wild plants and animals does not endanger their survival in the ecosystem.

According to Ecological-Society, medicinal substances obtained from plants or animals that are listed in the Ecological-Society annexes as endangered species may not be marketed, or only with restrictions.

For medicinal substances obtained from species listed in Annexes II and II, an official certificate is required to prove that the plant or animal does not come from nature, but has been cultivated or bred.

Although in obtaining certificates is difficult and full of bureaucratic procedures, in no case do we give up. This is the only way to respect the rules of the convention for protected species, and also the import without this certificate is illegal.

Arguments such as “turtle shells are simply waste products of soup production” are insufficient for us, and they disregard the maxim that the protection of nature and the environment concerns us all and equally includes the conservation of endangered species of animals and plants.

Nor does Ecological-Society protect livestock practices that have been verified as ethically questionable. For this reason, for example, we do not have lu rong (Cervi Cornu Pantotrichum) in our product range. lu rong is the vascularized horn of the deer, which is obtained by cruelly sawing it from live animals.

The wounds produced are frequently infected. the same horn, once it has fallen from the animal due to the natural moult, is sufficient as a substitute, although its power and tonic effect of the Yang are inferior. A greater effect does not justify in any case the breach of ethical principles.